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The Lost Wars of Optimism

Seneca, the lake Wobegon effect – The Cult of Romanticism – But, not necessarily (Un)happiness is reflected in the disparity between our expectation and the truth (i.e. the reality). The smaller the distance between the duo, the less unhappy we become. In other words, to be unhappy, is to be disappointed. I will begin with Read More

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Festina Lente: The Problem with my PhD Thesis.

Moremi, a detective par excellence – 50,000 soldiers, 9,000 horsemen and some 37 elephants – Fabius Maximus ‘the delayer’ – The problem with my PhD Thesis. Moremi Ajasoro was a heroic ancient queen of Ile-Ife – the cradle of the Yoruba (mostly in West Africa, Nigeria). Recent re-appraisal of legends convinced me that she deserves Read More

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A PSYCHOLOGICAL (& MATHEMATICAL) MEDITATION ON STEREOTYPE

Let’s start with a very hypothetical stereotype: Cosmologists make bad spouses. In this world, your mum (and possibly grandma, probably before she died) will warn you from say, age 7, to never date anyone who aspires to be a cosmologist, and she would probably tell you specifically that marrying one should be restricted completely to Read More

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BAUDELAIRE’S ‘L’Albatros’ AND THE RESOURCE CURSE

Ses ailes de géant l’empêchent de marcher – Wole Soyinka, and the fumes of Nigeria petroleum –  The best way to waste your time (assuming you want to) I am not a poem-person (most likely to my disadvantage), but I somehow stumbled on the 1861 Charles Baudelaire’s ‘L’Albatros’ several years ago. I can’t remember understanding Read More